No, they have not admitted they were wrong. Yes, they´re continuing to cause immeasurable and clearly identifiable harm to Israel and to Jews worldwide. Day after day, in the face of a preponderance of evidence that they made a colossal mistake, they keep on going as if nothing has changed. I´m talking, of course, about the so-called "peaceniks", those wonderful Leftists who brought us “Oslo.”
On January 3, 2002, as the Karine-A was sailing from Dubai to the Red Sea containing 83 tons of heavy arms intended to murder as many Jews as possible, the "peaceniks" issued a press release calling upon US Secretary of State Colin Powell to condemn the Israeli government for not allowing the Palestinians to reinforce the Palestinian Arab claim on Jerusalem by holding a diplomatic reception in Jerusalem hosting all foreign ambassadors and consuls.
Meanwhile, other "peaceniks" were arranging a caravan to thank Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for all he´s done for the cause of peace while Mr. Mubarak was in fact, according to press reports, monitoring the progress of the Karine-A, and supervising the production of a new movie version of the rabid anti-Semitic tome, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
After much of the thinking world (apparently excluding most EU countries and the Arabs) has come to the realization that the annihilation of Israel is, was, and always will be the goal of Arafat and his PLO cohorts, the Israeli peace camp carries on its merry way ignoring all the facts and all the evidence. For them, there never was an “intifada” or Oslo War. For them, there are no suicide bombers, mortar attacks and drive by shootings, and, of course, there was no massive PA arms shipment from Iran. For them, the fantasy of a "New Middle East" is the reality.
Seth Lipsky, in a recent op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, profiled several Jewish leaders who were "right" vis a vis the “Oslo peace process" over the past eight years. He did a fairly accurate job of listing those who shouted out the truth persistently, consistently and incessantly.
Sadly however, no journalist has had the courage to list those who were, and continue to be, wrong; those who contributed to the deadly situation that Israel finds itself today as a result of their irresponsible and questionably legal actions.
Why? Perhaps out of fear of the power many of those people and organizations wield. Possibly because many of these same journalists were also wrong. But also perhaps we don´t know what can be accomplished by labeling those who are wrong, "wrong."
Unfortunately, because the leftist camp seems possessed with an obsession to relinquish the Jewish People’s Biblical rights to the Land of Israel, and summarily give up whatever remains of Israel’s national security, I feel the need to shout out myself. We must, together, remember who was and still is wrong, why they were and are wrong, and what harm they have caused and continue to cause.
The harm caused by these individuals and groups is immense. True, Israel prior to the Oslo process faced terrorist attacks. But there were no “cities of refuge” in Israel’s heartland to provide international protection for terrorist murderers and the terrorist chieftains. Oslo brought the terrorist infrastructure into our very midst. Moreover, the proponents of Oslo provided the very guns and ammunition now used by the terrorist murderers against us.
The conditions created by Oslo, albeit forbidden under the Accords, permitted the importing of heavy weaponry by the PA, as the Oslo’s proponents turned a deliberate blind eye to the massive and endless violations of Arafat and Company lest the “Process” break down. What country in the history of the world put weapons in the hands of their enemies sworn to their destruction in exchange for vague promises of "peace"? Oslo also put these terrorists and their weapons within shooting range of Israeli cities and millions of Jewish men, women and children.
Even during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when the Israeli leadership was caught unprepared for a four-pronged attack by its Arab neighbors, no one questioned whether Israel would exist 50 years from now. Oslo placed this question on the lips of the leader of every Arab state and of every anti-Semite throughout the world and placed this fear in the minds of many supporters of Israel.
So who are responsible for this catastrophe? Start at the top: Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin. Behind the back of then Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, these men and their subordinates violated Israeli law by negotiating with the terrorist PLO (one of the great criminal acts committed by a sitting foreign minister of all time(, bargained away the security of the country, and then presented it to the prime minister as a fait accompli which he must accept (or be viewed as an anti-peace hindrance rather than a pro-peace activist).
They have consistently, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, taken the position that the Oslo process is working. Even when hundreds of Jews are dying on the streets of Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and Hadera to name just a few, they continued to defend the terrorists and their evil acts.
Who can forget the words of Shimon Peres when the suicide bombings took place in 1995-96, that we must not let terror win, that we must continue to negotiate. Differentiating between the PLO and Hamas/Islamic Jihad, Peres and his gang built up the credibility of Arafat and his own terrorist groups: Fatah, Force 17 and the Tanzim among others.
Have Peres and Beilin expressed remorse for their terrible deeds, for their, at the very least, horrible lapse in judgment that has caused the death of hundreds of their fellow Israelis and the wounding of thousands more. Not even today, after the 16 month Oslo War that their machinations made possible.
And then , of course, we can’t leave out US President Bill Clinton and his band of court Jews both inside and outside the government. It is extremely difficult to tell whether Bill Clinton´s motivations were merely his obsession with his place in history, a distraction from his own criminal and generally immoral activities, or something else. Either way, however, the adoption of a "balanced" approach to the Israeli-Palestinian "dispute" of balancing terror with legitimate self-defense (a moral equivalency balancing the rapist with the victim) led the way to increased strength and confidence of the Palestinian terrorists.
US Secretary of State Madeline Albright and her team all bear their responsibility for, and legacy of, the Oslo War. The outside team of court Jews, i.e. the leadership of those organizations that aligned with the Clintonites in pushing "Oslo" at any price must also shoulder the burden.
Those so-called Jewish leaders who complained to President Clinton about the "intransigence" of then Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (only to be rebuked by the President), begged President Clinton to pressure Netanyahu to negotiate under fire, to concede more land, give more weapons, more freedom for terrorists to operate, while Jews; men, women and children, were being blown up on the streets of Tel Aviv, should be singled out.
There is a story told of one of the American Jewish leaders who, following the disclosure of the true facts of World War II, the Nazi concentration camps and the extermination of 6 million of his brethren, could not sleep a single night for the remainder of his life. I ask those so-called Jewish leaders of today: Can you sleep at night?
We all have a responsibility to not only not be wrong, but to be actively right. We must be heard loudly and clearly and to act accordingly when those who were and are so wrong do what they do to the detriment of our nation. If we are silent, if we do not act and support those who are right, then we, as the Talmudic dictum says: “are agreeing by our silence.” And if we “agree by our silence”, then how can we sleep at night?The author is the Chairman of American Friends of Likud , a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Chairman of Media Watch International.